Volunteers will teach a minimum of once a week at migrant schools in and around Shanghai or at rural schools for left-behind children.
In our Classroom Teaching Programs, more than 200 Stepping Stones volunteers teach oral English in a traditional classroom setting. These classes take place every day each week from Monday to Sunday, and reach about 5,000 students each term in more than 20 migrant schools and community centers spread out around Shanghai and the surrounding area.
The Classroom Teaching Programs run from the middle of September through the middle of December and from mid-February until mid-June. All our volunteers must attend one of our Orientation and Training (O&T) sessions before they can start teaching in our programs.
Time commitment is usually half a day per week (including commute and lesson prep. time) and a min. of one school term (3-4 months). This depends on each volunteer's situation and can be tailored.
At our school sites: Volunteers head to a school for migrants during the weekdays (a morning or afternoon) to teach an oral English class which helps the children to review what they have learned in their regular English lessons. Our volunteers are provided with lesson plans which follow the school’s English curriculum (textbooks). As the class sizes are quite large our volunteers are always partnered together with one or two other volunteers to co-teach. The volunteers normally teach 2 different classes of the same grade that are around 35-40 minutes long.
At our community center sites: At our community center sites, volunteers will teach two consecutive 40 minute lessons to the same class of students with a ten minute break in the middle. Class sizes are usually smaller than at the schools and the lessons normally take place on weekends. Sometimes there can be more than one grade level of students in the classroom. Similar to the school sites, the focus is on practicing oral English, our volunteers have access to lesson plans which follow the local English curriculum, and volunteers are always partnered together with one or two other volunteers to co-teach.
Shanghai is an exciting modern city with lots to see. Explore the Bund or walk around the French Concession. Try delicious Chinese food. There are also easy day trips volunteers can take to cities and rural areas not more than 1-2 hours outside the city.